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Folding teak cockpit table-First seen?

I purchased a 45 foot center cockpit sloop new in 1995. The broker told me that the type of table I wanted did not exist anywhere. I sent him drawings of a teak cockpit table that had glass holders, three leaves that could be opened out into a full table or left folded over the top of each other for a smaller table, or the entire table could be dropped against the binnacle. At some expense, the cabinet maker did a wonderful execution, and many compliments were made by visitors. I now see these tables are quite common. Does anyone know if this type of table was being widely manufactured then, and I was just re-inventing the wheel? I'm just curious if the broker was taking advantage or I was actually onto some kind of trend. Anyone remember seeing a table of that type prior to 1995?
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Re: Folding teak cockpit table-First seen?

Sorry old son. Tables of that type were offered as an option on the Islander boats in the early 1970's and Taylor Made offered a "plastic" version as well. I also recall a similar table aboard an older sailing yacht when I was a child and I'm in my late-60's.

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Always been these types of tables
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Check out da Vinci's Last Supper... trifold with cup holders
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Yeah I would say your broker was full of it. Maybe he meant there was no factory optional table?
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Well, I defer to you more seasoned salts. One would think the idea would be around forever. But I forgot to mention that the table was fore and aft of the binnacle. The wheel could be removed when at anchor, allowing the helmsman to enjoy lunch without reaching over the instruments by popping up the aft section. Maybe that is the part that caused the broker to seek out a cabinet maker. The front or back up, opened or closed allowed for four distinct configurations. It was before my digital days, so I've got to look to see if I have any photo's. Thanks for your feedback.
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At least if you did reinvent the wheel, you didn't make it square

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Well, I defer to you more seasoned salts. One would think the idea would be around forever. But I forgot to mention that the table was fore and aft of the binnacle. The wheel could be removed when at anchor, allowing the helmsman to enjoy lunch without reaching over the instruments by popping up the aft section. Maybe that is the part that caused the broker to seek out a cabinet maker. The front or back up, opened or closed allowed for four distinct configurations. It was before my digital days, so I've got to look to see if I have any photo's. Thanks for your feedback.
You have certainly queried my curiosity. If possible could you kindly post pics including the 4 configurations? or if not, then a description of where the hinges were positioned?
Sincere thanks in advance.
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You have certainly queried my curiosity. If possible could you kindly post pics including the 4 configurations? or if not, then a description of where the hinges were positioned?
Sincere thanks in advance.
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Hi flybynight, I'm new to this so pardon the lack of protocol knowledge. I tried to respond directly but don't think I've been a member long enough. I will look for the photos but the hinges were butler or rule type hinges that allowed the table to be used in a a smaller configuration with the leaves (which were half the size of the main table top) folded flat on top with their own raised rim, or opened to a full size top twice the size also with its own raised rim. If I can't find the photo's, I'll send a sketch.
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